MLK Celebrated with New Artwork Sequence Curated by Black Life Make a difference

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was so considerably more than a quotation to post on Twitter–and a new artwork sequence curated by Patrisse Cullors and Noni Limar of the Black Life Matter Global Network Foundation attempts to remind us of just that. The series asked artists to share photos of and reflections on Dr. King in times of relaxation, pleasure, and celebration.

“This MLK day, BLMGNF is centering existence, appreciate, pleasure, rest, and enjoyment. We will not enable white supremacists violence to discourage us from the dignity and humanity of Black lifetime,” suggests Cullors, who is also cofounder and govt director of the foundation. “Every artist in this series was handpicked since each and every of them center like as portion of their perform. We know MLK considered in like as the heart of his function and at the center of the civil legal rights motion. Sign up for us in honoring his legacy by means of this gorgeous and transformative artist sequence.”

The sequence launches today with works from 6 artists, Derrick Adams, Shaina Simmons, Christian Scott, Nikki Blak, Rodney Diverlus, and Melanie Jean Baptise Charles, who get the job done in a selection of media, together with poetry, dance, music, and visual artwork. BLMGNF will be sharing extra from the sequence on the basis site and on Instagram.

“We need to have a working day to desire. A working day to centre daily life and leisure,” suggests co-curator Limar. “We, who consider, like MLK did, in the radical relentless pursuit of freedom, should also quit to desire, to be, to dwell.”

Derrick Adams 

MLK’s Tropic Interlude (Martin and Coretta)
 2021 (combined media on paper)

This operate is influenced by a 1967 Ebony Journal post titled, MLK’s Tropic Interlude. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for a few months doing the job “most of the day till way into night” to complete his reserve, Where Do We Go From Below: Chaos or Neighborhood? In the course of the past week of his continue to be, his wife Coretta joined him, and they savored moments of leisure: lounging by the ocean, cooling off in the pool, and dining at a cliffside terrace. The images are significant mainly because the most common photos of MLK clearly show him in the course of his struggle for our civil rights. These rare photos from Jamaica are a important reminder that in the course of our difficult do the job in the direction of equality, we must also invest time in restorative self-reflection and regeneration, in get to proceed and prosper.” – Derrick Adams

Nikki Blak 


I was honored to create this commissioned piece in honor of 1 of the most remarkable motion leaders and thinkers of our period, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As the descendant of a youngster of the civil legal rights movement of the 1960s, not only do I reap the socio-political gains of the foundation laid by King and his friends, but I am like so several also unbelievably inspired by his legacy. In these moments of radical social modify, it’s only ideal that we would reflect on and honor the operate of these kinds of an iconic chief and motion.” – Nikki Blak

Rodney Diverlus

meditation improvisation dance social gathering / MLK


Only, an improvisation, a meditation, and a dance occasion with and for MLK. Applying his final ‘mountaintop’ speech in 1968, and Ravyn Wngz’ viral push intervention in 2020 as functions of remembrance, of solemnity and launch.” – Rodney Diverlus

Principle/Efficiency: Rodney Diverlus Cellphone Digital camera Help: @Tory_a_ Words from: Martin Luther King, Jr (1968) & @ravynwngz (2020)

Christian Scott

Adjuah Bow

Chief Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is a two-time Edison Award successful and five-time Grammy Award nominated musician, composer, and producer. For the series, he premieres the new Adjuah Bow, encouraged by “MLK, the beauty of Black history and traditions, reevaluation in the period of misinformation, and enjoy and reverence for Black women.”

Melanie Charles

Chill in Love

“Brooklyn-based mostly singer, songwriter and producer Melanie Charles proceeds her sonic journey to Make Jazz Trill Again with a meditation on Martin Luther King’s concept delivered in his speech, The place Do We Go From Right here? In a letter to her bigger self, she flows into a mantra to “chill in love” reinforces the need for Black joy, treatment and relaxation alongside the highway to freedom.” – Melanie Charles

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Shaina Simmons

Twerk on Washington

“Twerk on Washington is a declaration of independence and therapeutic. Advocating for the decolonization of oversexualizing Black women’s bodies to reclaim an ancient sacred dances of liberation and wellness. Sampling the “I Have a Dream” by the excellent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sent during the March on Washington for Work opportunities and Flexibility. The disgrace of traditional African techniques is not ours. Trauma is held in the body, shake it off.” – Shaina Simmons

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